Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday lashed back at Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, saying it is the record of extrajudicial killings and President Rodrigo Duterte’s bad mouth that is putting the Philippines in a bad light.
In a privilege speech, De Lima said she was only doing his job as a senator by investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings happening during the Duterte administration.
“Mr. President, I am not the problem. I am not the one giving a bad image to this country before the international media, contrary to the accusation and belief of Senator Cayetano. The problem of this country and this administration is the extra-judicial killing of more than 3,000 of our countrymen in the past three months, or more than a thousand per month,” De Lima said.
“Sinabayan pa ito ng bunganga ng Pangulo na walang patumangging magmura ng mga opisyales ng UN (United Nations) at ng mundo, katulad ng Santo Papa, ni Pangulong Obama at ni Sec. Gen. Ban Ki Moon, sa kabila ng pagnanais lang nila na kausapin siya sa kanilang mga agam-agam tungkol sa polisiyang giyera sa droga ng Pangulo,” the senator added.
On Monday, Cayetano accused De Lima in a privilege speech of “destroying the integrity and reputation” of the Senate in being supposedly biased against Duterte.
After Cayetano's privilege speech, De Lima was ousted as chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights which is investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects since President Duterte assumed office. [[source]